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Judd Apatow Working on “Knocked Up” Sequel (Sort Of)

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Drew McWeeny over at got an interesting scoop: word on the subject of Judd Apatow’s follow-up to “Funny People.” The film will be a sequel of sorts to “Knocked Up” starring the characters Pete and Debbie, played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Here’s how Apatow described the project to McWeeny when asked whether the film would be a sequel or a prequel to “Knocked Up:”

“It is neither. It is just a story from Pete and Debbie’s current life. People really responded to their characters and problems. I felt like there was a lot of ground I could explore with them, so we’ll be shooting in July and will come out the following June. There are some fun details yet to reveal but I will let them come out slowly. It’s more fun that way.”

Eagle earned listeners — inventing expressions is fun, isn’t it? — heard a couple hints about this project when Apatow appeared on the WTF Podcast With Marc Maron. Apatow invited Maron over to his house to record the show, and set him up in his office, where Apatow had a corkboard full of ideas for the film. Maron immediately started asking for the meanings of the incomprehensible scribblings. Apatow was understandably reluctant to explain what he was working on, but he did admit that the “Rudd” that popped up on a couple cards was Paul Rudd, and that he would be starring in the film.

This decision makes a great deal of sense to me. Though “Knocked Up” focused on the trials and tribulations of Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl’s characters after she gets pregnant following their one night stand, their onscreen relationship never clicked in the same way that Rudd and Mann’s did (Mann played Heigl’s sister). While the Rogen and Heigl storyline was loaded with contrivance, Rudd and Mann’s was simple but perfectly observed. And it really should have been; since Mann is Apatow’s real-life wife and their children were played by Apatow’s real daughters, Maude and Iris. An argument could be made that the Rogen/Heigl storyline was really just an excuse for Apatow to spend time with the Rudd/Mann couple; that Apatow was hesistant to focus on their lives alone because their problems — spousal bickerings and misunderstandings — were mundane and truthful and not enlivened by the meet cutes and adorable misunderstandings that audiences seem to want to see in romantic comedies. “Knocked Up” audiences got all that stuff from Rogen and Heigl but connected more deeply with Rudd and Mann. I know I did.

I claim no inside information but that’s why a movie that moves Pete and Debbie into the spotlight suggests a film less focused on sitcom-y premises and more in tune with the struggles of real people. At least I hope so, because that’s what I think Judd Apatow is best at doing and that’s want to see him do more of.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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